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  by Emma Donoghue

category Literature & Fiction
ISBN: 186049899x
Books Registered: 31
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Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth. It's a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen. Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnant and almost dies on the dangerous streets of London. Her saviour is Doll - a prostitute. Mary roams London freely with Doll, selling her body to all manner of 'cullies', dressed whorishly in colourful, gaudy dresses with a painted red smile. Faced with bad debts and threats upon her life she eventually flees to Monmouth, her mother's hometown, where she attempts to start a new life as a maid in Mrs Jones's house. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and just how dearly people like her pay for yearnings not fitting to their class in society...


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Registered by Stitchgrrl on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Current status: travelling Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by Nevyn-UK of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 30, 2006

Current status: travelling Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by Beqi of Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 06, 2011

Current status: travelling Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by wingMolyneuxwing of Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 24, 2008

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Registered by wingardachywing of Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Registered by klaradyn of Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Registered by amor-dei-libri of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, June 19, 2004

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Registered by wingMolyneuxwing of Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 28, 2005

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Registered by LeighBCD on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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Registered by Lil-de-Ville of York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 06, 2010

Current status: to be read Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by parsleyraisin of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, March 04, 2005

Current status: permanent collection Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by wingMolyneuxwing of Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 22, 2005

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Registered by azureskippy of Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, April 21, 2006

Current status: to be read Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by lovepurple1 of London , Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Registered by Flossiesdoll of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, June 08, 2008

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Registered by TuraSatana of Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, October 18, 2010

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Registered by zimra of Napier, Hawkes Bay-Poverty Bay New Zealand on Monday, April 04, 2011

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Registered by CrowDevo of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on Thursday, February 06, 2003

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